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Roberts Together

Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts, national leaders of The Salvation Army USA, bring with them a broad perspective of the Army’s work around the world gleaned from their service overseas for the past nine years.

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Since 2001, these officers from the USA Central Territory have served in South America, at International Headquarters in London and in Kenya.

From 2001 to 2005 they led the South America East Territory, comprised of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Commissioner William Roberts was next appointed to IHQ in London in 2005 as International Secretary for Business Administration, with Commissioner Nancy Roberts appointed as Secretary for IHQ Staff Development and IHQ Chaplain. On March 1, 2008, Commissioner William Roberts took up his appointment as Territorial Commander of the Kenya West Territory, on the very day of the creation of that territory, with Commissioner Nancy Roberts appointed as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries for Kenya West.

Commissioned as officers in The Salvation Army in 1971 after completing training as members of the Victorious session of cadets, they served in three corps appointments, followed by a number of divisional appointments, he as Financial Secretary, Divisional Secretary, General Secretary and as leader of two divisions: Western Michigan Northern Indiana and then Metropolitan. Commissioner Nancy Roberts served as Divisional Corps Cadet Counselor, League of Mercy Secretary and Home League Secretary. During that time she also was appointed as a therapist at a Salvation Army addictions program. Her final two divisional appointments were as Director of Women’s Ministries.

Commissioner Nancy Roberts, a first generation Salvationist and a school teacher by training and profession prior to officership, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Elementary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling, both from Eastern Michigan University. She is certificated in gerontology from Madonna University and is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Michigan, USA. She has also studied at the Nazarene Theological Seminary and Illinois Benedictine College.

She has been the leader of numerous seminars and classes, and has served on the teaching staff of The Salvation Army’s National Seminar on Evangelism and the Central Territory’s Officer Continuing Education Program. In 2001, she was included in Today’s Chicago Woman magazine’s list of 100 women “making a difference in Chicago.”

The son of Salvation Army officers, Commissioner William Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Detroit. He has also studied at the University of Minnesota, Nazarene Theological Seminary and North Park Seminary. He was selected to attend the International College for Officers in London in 1982.

He has served on the teaching staff of the Central’s Officer Continuing Education Program as well as the Central’s Asbury Theological Seminary Preaching Seminar.

The Roberts are the proud parents of four children — William, Rebecca, Barbara, and Bramwell — who, along with their spouses, have provided them with ten grandchildren, who have made them even prouder.


[tab title=”Band & Songster Bios”]The Southern Territorial Band and Songsters represent the fifteen states that form the geographically expansive USA Southern Territory with members traveling hundreds of miles for just three or four rehearsals and performances each year! A high caliber of musicianship and a strong motivation for an effective music ministry are hallmarks of these men and women.

Beginning with the commencement of the USA Southern Territory in 1927, the USA Southern Territorial Band has been closely linked with the history of the Salvation Army in the South. The Territorial Band has traveled extensively throughout its history. In 1990 the band represented America at The Salvation Army’s International Congress in London, England, where they participated in programs at Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, Westminster Central Hall, and a special performance at Buckingham Palace. In 1996 the Band and Songsters returned to tour England and Scotland and five years later toured Brazil.
In 2006 the band was featured at a Congress in Russia, celebrating 15 years of the Army’s work in that country.

Nick Simmons-Smith succeeded Dr. Richard Holz as Bandmaster of the USA Southern Territorial Band in 2009. Nick is from Chelmsford, England and is a 5th generation Salvationist. As Territorial Music Secretary he is responsible for the Music and Creative Arts programming in the South.

The USA Southern Territorial Songsters (a Salvation Army church choir) were commissioned at the 1992 “Praise Him” Territorial Congress in Atlanta, GA. During the subsequent twenty years, the Songsters have faithfully supported Salvation Army events such as Congresses, Ordination of Salvation Army Officers (Pastors) and numerous other special events. In 2009 the Songsters undertook a tour of Scandinavia and also completed a CD recording: “Shout for Joy”.

Stephen Burn assumed leadership of the USA Southern Territorial Songsters in 2011. Stephen, originally from Newcastle, England, is a life-long Salvationist and lives in the Tampa (FL) area. He is currently employed as the Music Director for the Florida Division of The Salvation Army.
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Territorial Creative Arts Ensemble (TCAE)

Established in January 2009, under the leadership of the Territorial Creative Arts Director Roberta Simmons-Smith, the TCAE was put in place to offer the Southern Territory a model of the use of Creative Arts in Salvation Army programming and ministry.

The mission base of TCAE, is purely to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ using the Creative Arts. Through auditions, less then ten individuals are chosen from all over the fifteen southern States which make up the Southern Territory. These gifted members have the ability to lead worship through dance, drama, and song.

The Holy Spirit continues to work in a mighty way in and through the Territorial Creative Arts Ensemble. They are humbled by this unique ministry which God has allowed them to be part of, as they seek to further His kingdom through the Creative Arts.

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Derick Kane

Derick Kane began his Euphonium playing as a member of the junior band in Hamilton, Scotland within The Salvation Army, and was encouraged both by family, and committed music leaders to develop his brass playing skills.

Appointed to the International Staff Band in 1976 as Principal Euphonium, he recently completed 30 years in this position, serving under three bandmasters of the band in that time. He has served as the band’s deputy bandmaster for the past several years. The British Bandsman awarded him the prestigious award of Euphonium player of the year in 1991, presented on the occasion of an ISB centenary concert.

Derick has travelled extensively with the band featuring as soloist and has many recordings of S.A. repertoire including the “Derick Kane Solo Album.” He has also travelled widely in the UK and abroad (including USA, Canada, Brazil and Australia), as well as many parts of Europe, as a guest soloist and clinician and has spent many years directing bands and vocal groups, at many Salvation Army summer music courses in various centers of the UK and overseas.

Derick received his formal music training at King’s College, London gaining a Bachelor of Music degree there. Prior to that, he gained a music teaching diploma from Trinity College. Following some 12 years in music education, where he taught as a head of music, Derick took up an appointment with the Salvation Army’s Music Unit as their Music Training and Development Specialist, and is based at Territorial Headquarters in London.

Along with his wife Hazel, Derick is a member of the Bexleyheath Corps in London, where he currently directs the band. He has one son, Stephen who recently completed his music studies at University, and is also a euphonium player at the Bristol Easton Corps and a member of the famous Cory Band.


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Alphonso Hughes, leader

The ALM Divisional dance group – A.I.M. (Adoration in Motion) was formed in 2007 at the request of the then Major John Roy Jones – who saw the potential of a model dance group for the Division.

Leadership of the group has included Tabitha Gray and Joseph Penny, with prospective candidate Alphonso Hughes serving as current group leader.
In 2013, the group adopted an official name – A.I.M. (Adoration in Motion). Psalm 103:1 states, “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” That is the group’s mission


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Florida Brass is the premier divisional youth band of the Florida Division. This group meets once a month along with our Divisional Timbrels and Divisional Creative Arts Group to spread the message of Christ through music and the arts. Our full music and arts forces combine to create our Divisional Youth Chorus. These groups have recently enjoyed some exciting ministry opportunities both around the Florida Division and further afield in places such as Chicago, Lexington, KY, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

Assistant Divisional Music Director Jeffrey Marquis is the Florida Brass Bandmaster; Divisional Music and Arts Director Stephen Burn is the Divisional Youth Chorus Leader; Lt. Vanessa Miller takes leadership of the Timbrels; and Divisional Creative Arts Director Priscilla Knapp is the leader of the Creative arts ministry team.

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Denise Hawk is passionate for Jesus, the lover of her soul! Today she serves Him on the front line in the beautiful Grand Canyon state of Arizona as Corps Officer of the Phoenix Ray and Joan Kroc Center alongside her husband, Guy. Her past twenty-five years of officership have included serving as DYS in two divisions and an appointment to the International College for Officers. She has four children, three grand-children and one on the way.
Denise attended Colorado Christian University where she received her post graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Her desire is to fearlessly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For she knows it is the power of salvation for all who believe. She is honored and thrilled to be sharing in the Southern Territories Commissioning weekend!

Assistant Divisional Music Director Jeffrey Marquis is the Florida Brass Bandmaster; Divisional Music and Arts Director Stephen Burn is the Divisional Youth Chorus Leader; Lt. Vanessa Miller takes leadership of the Timbrels; and Divisional Creative Arts Director Priscilla Knapp is the leader of the Creative arts ministry team.

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Singing Company Competition Representative Schedule

9:12 AM – Representative Singing Company From TX Division
9:27 AM – Representative Singing Company From NSC Division
9:42 AM – Representative Singing Company From NCV Division
9:57 AM – Representative Singing Company From MDWV Division
10:27 AM -Representative Singing Company From KT Division
10:47 AM – Representative Singing Company From GA Division
11:02 AM – Representative Singing Company From FL Division
11:17 AM – Representative Singing Company From AOK Division
11:32 AM – Representative Singing Company From ALM Division



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10:00 AM Commencement
Atlanta Temple Corps
12:00 PM Silver Star Luncheon
THQ- Invitation Only
2:30 PM –
4:30 PM
EBC Campus Open House
7:00 PM Salvation Meeting
Atlanta Temple Corps

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9:00 AM Singing Company Competition
Atlanta Temple Corps
1:30 PM – 3:30 Outdoor Ministry
7:00 PM Festival of Worship

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9:30 AM Commissioning & Ordination
2:30 PM Appointment Service